FORMER Rangers goalkeeper Neil Inglis is set to win a championship medal today with Irish side Ards, then quit for a return to Scottish football.

He has helped take the Northern Irish club to the top of the first division while still living and studying in Scotland. ''I have been studying for my Honours in Sports Science and flying over for the games,'' he said. ''But after our draw with Bangor on Thursday night Stuart McLean and I have decided to stay for the Saturday game with Armagh City and the boys' night out.

''We are three points ahead in the title race with a goal difference of +13 going into the last game with Armagh so, while it's not mathematically secured we should do it.''

Inglis and defender McLean are both keen to return to Scottish football and the ex-Rangers and Falkirk goalkeeper added: ''It is great to know that we are about to get into the Premier Division in Northern Ireland but we feel it is time to come back. Stuart, who used to play with Hamilton Accies, has been here for a while and we have both played for Linfield.

''I came out this season after being in America for the summer with A league side Team New Jersey. They offered me a two-year contract and I had a couple more offers to play and coach but I wanted to go for my honours at Napier University. I will go back to America when my contract is up in July, then it will be back to Scotland to see what happens.''

Inglis kept a clean sheet on Thursday against Bangor. ''We could have won the league there and then, but they played really well. Now we hope to clinch it this weekend.''